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Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden snagged major victories in Tuesday night's primaries, widening his lead over fellow candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and signaling the beginning of the end of a divisive Democratic primary.

The two candidates represent two highly different schools of thought on the best way to beat President Donald Trump in November and the ways to move forward after he's gone.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Galt House on August 21, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Historically, an incumbent president running for re-election is all but guaranteed their party's nomination. But like some other more controversial presidents, Donald Trump is facing a primary challenge -- in fact two: former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh—for the GOP nomination in 2020.

Or is he?

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For the first time, Maine’s US Senate race between Democratic challenger Zak Ringelstein, incumbent independent Senator Angus King and Republican challenger Eric Brakey will be decided with ranked choice voting. (Photo credits Ringelstein for Senate, Natl. Archives and Brakey for Senate)

"As Maine goes, so goes the nation" was a common phrase in United States politics back in the mid-1800s up until the early 20th century. Could that phrase make a comeback after November 2018?

In the 2018 primaries, Maine deployed a new voting system to determine candidates for Governor, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate for the November midterms. The new system is called ranked choice voting.

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Results as of 9:31 PM EST. This article will be updated as additional results come in.

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With South Carolina polls now closed, early results show the clear projected winner of the Republican primary to be Donald Trump, with around 33 percent of the vote. With Trump’s ascendancy all but secured heading into the race (early polls showed him double digits ahead of the other candidates, although that lead narrowed in recent days), the real battle was once again over who would lead among the establishment candidates. With results still coming in, it looks like the establishment candidate will be Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is locked in a heated battle for second place with conservative candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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